We of the species Homo sapiens originated in Eastern Africa and later colonised planet Earth in four main waves of expansion. Our ancestors took tens of thousands of years to adapt to different climate conditions and faced many challenges in dealing with natural phenomena.

Ever since we started evolving on this planet, we have enjoyed a profound relationship with the natural environment. But in modern times our lives have shifted dramatically indoors. We started losing the deep relationship with the environment we originated from … and we are depending on!

Citizen Science, the involvement of people in the research process, could be an answer. It is rapidly expanding worldwide and can take many forms, have different levels of participation, and be applied to a growing number of scientific fields.

Environmental citizen science can add great value to the positive effect of being in nature, improving our knowledge of the natural environment, enhancing the consciousness of conservation measures and, ultimately, helping to build a more sustainable society.

Andrea Sforzi PhD is a wildlife biologist, working on the eco-ethology and conservation of Vertebrates, mainly Mammals. Since 2004 he is the scientific officer of the Italian Osprey reintroduction project. Author of over 70 scientific papers. Since 2011 he has developed an environmental citizen science project in Italy with the team of the successful OPAL (UK) project . Since 2012, he has actively taken part in the process of setting up the ECSA. He curated the Italian translation of the “Ten principles of CS”, coordinated and took part in the session on “Museums and Citizen Science” at the International Conference “CS – Innovation in Open Science, society and policy” (Berlin, 2016). 1 of 2 Italian members of the Management Committee of the European project “CS to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe” and a promoter of the Italian working group on CS: Citizen Science Italia. In 2016 nominated member of the Advisory Board of the OPAL project (UK).

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